Methane Mitigation Shifts From Reactive To Proactive Technologies

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Methane Mitigation Shifts From Reactive To Proactive Technologies

The latest annual reports from Shell, BP and TotalEnergies mentioned “methane” 21, 47, and 71 times respectively; you could say methane mitigation is a hot topic in the oil and gas business. Consequently, there is an expanding ecosystem of solutions servicing the oil and gas industry. Verdantix segments this ecosystem into three technology categories: leak detection and repair (LDAR), controlled emissions reduction, and fugitive emissions avoidance.

Leak detection and repair (LDAR) is the largest and most mature technology category of the three. Here, initial low-tech solutions are being replaced by more innovative sensor solutions capable of greater accuracy and precision, as well as remote satellite-based monitoring from an array of firms, NGOs and initiatives.

However, the two smaller market categories are becoming increasingly popular for their more proactive approach to methane emission mitigation. Controlled emissions reduction and fugitive emissions avoidance technologies seek to prevent or minimize methane emissions sources before they occur (as opposed to LDAR technologies which take a reactive approach). These smaller market segments have commercial advantages over LDAR technologies, in that they:

  • Prevent methane emissions
  • Optimize operational performance
  • Minimize facility downtime
  • Boost production output
  • Reduce safety incidents


For example, when equipment fails, facilities must shut down and flare excess gas to prevent potentially explosive pressure increases. These periods of transient operations reduce production and are responsible for 50% of safety incidents – despite only accounting for 10% of a facility’s lifetime. Therefore, solutions that prevent failures are mutually beneficial and more likely to receive buy-in from multiple business functions.

For more detail, see Verdantix Market Overview: The Business Case And Solutions For Methane Mitigation.

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Alastair Foyn


Alastair is an Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk practice. His current research agenda focuses on carbon management software and decarbonization best practices, particularly those relating to Scope 3 and industrial emissions. Prior to joining Verdantix, Alastair worked at Tyler Grange, where he gained experience in consultancy practices and environmental strategy. Alastair holds a First Class BSc in Biological Sciences from Durham University, as well as an MSc in Sustainable Development, with Distinction, from the University of St Andrews.